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The majority of vape experimentation among young people doesn’t turn into regular use

February 07, 2020

The majority of vape experimentation among young people doesn’t turn into regular use

 according to this latest study, part-funded by Cancer Research UK.  The study collated 5 surveys that questioned more than 60,000 young people in total, aged 11-16.  It also found that levels of regular vaping in young people who have never smoked remain very low.

The work is a collaboration between the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, Action on Smoking and Health,  Public Health England which you should know for the vaping is 95% safer than smoking study, and the DECIPHer Centre at the University of Cardiff.

Professor Linda Bauld, from the University of Stirling and lead author of the study, said that despite the doom and gloom of the alarming headlines, e-cigarette experimentation isn’t translating into regular use.  "Our study also shows that smoking rates in young people are continuing to decline.” Linda added when asked about the study. 

Professor Bauld also thinks that it's important that future studies need to continue to monitor both experimentation and regular use of eLiquids and vaping and take into account smoking trends so that the public get the best information.

The highest rate of regular use of e-cigarettes in young people who had never smoked was 0.5%. For regular smokers it ranged from 7-38%. Regular (at least weekly) use of e-cigarettes ranged from 1-3%, and was most common in regular smokers across the 5 surveys.  

The study highlighted a number of possible limitations due to the nature of the data used, including that it may not be fully representative of the UK’s young people. But because the trends in use are similar across the surveys, more confidence can be taken from the findings. 

Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK’s director of prevention, said: “Smoking continues to be the biggest preventable cause of cancer, so it’s vital we continue to investigate ways to reduce the number of people addicted to tobacco. E-cigarettes have the potential to help achieve this.”

Cox said that the study provides reassurance that even though vaping is popular in the UK, smoking rates in young people aren’t rising.  “We’ll continue to support research that will help smokers to quit and stop young people from starting,” she said.

The evidence so far shows that e-cigarettes are far safer than smoking and using this evidence the UK has promoted vaping as a way to reduce the harm caused by tobacco, at the same time as banning their sale to anyone under the age of 18.

Well we know that hasn't been the case over here stateside as we continue to fight the hysterical nonsense of anti-vape rhetoric, but remaining optimistic eventually the die hard prohibitionists will shut up soon and move onto some other single minded cause.

What do you think about this study? Will smoking ever be fully eliminated or at least brought to a level where it is no longer the number one preventable cause of death world wide? 

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